Floor Mat (Ōtepoti)

27th October, 10am-3.30pm

Using a method derived from rag rug weaving and adapted to the locally foraged tī kōuka fibre, this small floor mat can be used as a doormat or anywhere in your home. We will use large hand-carved wooden crochet hooks to weave the soaked leaves together, working out from the centre of the form. This workshop requires stamina and dexterity to achieve an even tension across the whole mat and is best suited to those with a little fibre craft experience, though capable beginners are encouraged to attend too.

Please note:

  • Please wear comfortable work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

  • Please bring work gloves if you have some.

  • If you are able to, it would be much appreciated if you could bring some fallen tī kōuka leaves which have been soaking in water for 3-4 days

  • We will be using large 12 mm size crochet hooks to help us weave the leaves together. You are welcome to bring your own crochet hook if you have a favourite one. 

  • This workshop is quite physically demanding for the hands and arms and requires sustained concentration. We will take breaks. If you are left handed or would prefer to use your own scissors then please bring these with you. 

  • This workshop is for adults.


Workshops will be held at the O Block Hub at Dunedin School of Art Otago Polytechnic on Anzac Ave (entrance beside the Anzac Ave Bridge, parking is available in Minerva street opposite). More detailed information will be provided prior to the workshop.



Since 2016 Diana Duncan has been developing her weaving practice with locally grown and foraged fibres. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with the materials she grows and forages. More recently Diana has turned her attention to willow growing and weaving. Diana is teaching frame basket, foraged tray, wreath, and floor mat, and hosting monthly weaving club sessions, and some mending club sessions.



Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


This Ōtepoti tour is generously supported by our hosts Dunedin School of Art, The Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, and Res.Awesome (check them out, they are awesome). We are ever grateful to Creative New Zealand for their continued support.


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